Staff writer Kent Williams, in an arts feature story, declares the Festival of the Lakes "at best, only a modest success." Scaled back from previous years, it drew fewer people, and "only a modest number of its programs were even modestly challenging." Williams cites the absence of a symphony orchestra and Broom Street Theater among the festival's most obvious failings. "What was missing was a sense of true excitement, of chances having been taken, of some of those chances having paid off," he writes. "The problem is vision - artistic vision. ...This year's festival seemed to stand for everything and for nothing at the same time." The Festival of the Lakes is discontinued following its 1990 edition.